Health Security Adviser - Centre for Health Security

  • Mid-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 17 February 2021

Job Description

Health Security Adviser - Centre for Health Security (Recruiting for 3 Available Positions)

Program Background

The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security (CHS) was established in 2017 to implement the Australian Government’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region. The Initiative, which is funded through Australia’s overseas aid program, aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity. In 2020, CHS has played a key role in Australia’s response to the regional impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, Australia is assisting 18 countries to roll out the COVID-19 vaccine through the Vax Taskforce.

The CHS supports countries in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Vietnam) and the Pacific (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and small island nations such as Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati).

Cardno International Development is supporting the implementation of several activities delivered as part of the initiative across the Indo Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Purpose of the Position

The Health Security Adviser provides support to CHS during a period of increased workload and intensity due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and related impacts.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provision of high-quality written advice to CHS on COVID-19 and emerging issues in the health security portfolio.
  • Support coordination during the COVID-19 response, including, official forums and meetings.
  • Provide input into the development of stakeholder management products for CHS.
  • Monitor and report on COVID-19 developments in the Indo-Pacific, as directed.
  • Ability to analyse data related to COVID-19 situation and response in each focus country.
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to liaise with multiple stakeholders and maintain sound relationships.
  • Other duties and tasks as directed by CHS.

Selection Criteria


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or relevant field experience in international relations, development, public health, governance, or another relevant discipline.
  • 3 years or more experience in an analytical or advisory role.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills and the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Emotional intelligence, and intercultural skills, with the ability to work effectively with individuals at all levels of an organisation in a participatory way.


  • Knowledge of foreign policy and development issues in the Indo-Pacific.
  • Basic technical understanding of health security.
  • Australian Public Service experience.

Position Details

Position title: Health Security Adviser – Centre for Health Security

Duration: 20 months (with possible extension)

Reports to: Deputy Director – Centre for Health Security

Commencement: On or around 15 March 2021

Location: Canberra, Australia (consideration for remote work will be made for the right candidate)

How to Apply?

We welcome your interest in joining the team. Please click on this link to access the role: and apply with the following listed below or click the “Apply” button to submit your application. For a copy of the Terms of Reference copy and paste this link into your web browser:

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 1 March 2021. For any queries regarding the positions please email

For Applications Please Submit:

1. A maximum two-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role.

2. Up to date CV.

3. Details of three professional referees.

About the Organization

About Cardno

The Adviser will be contracted through Cardno. Cardno is a global provider of integrated professional services which enrich the physical and social environment for the communities in which we live and work. Our team of multidisciplinary specialists has more than 70 years’ experience designing, developing and delivering sustainable projects and community advancement programs. Cardno is an equal opportunity employer.

Cardno is committed to Safety and the Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH), Child Protection and bribery prevention. We want to engage with the right people to deliver our client programs. As part of our approach you will be subjected to formal background screening, criminal record checks, employment verification, and periodic compliance checks. All Cardno staff receive safety, compliance and safeguards training and are responsible for contributing to a safer working culture.

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